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Jun 17, 2010 02:56 PM

Food choices you want to see more of in SD..

My choices.. gazpacho, lilikoi pie, King Crab cocktail, abalone, Paella, sand dabs, tableside caesar salad with anchovies, stilton, brown rice & quinoa, baked goat cheese, garlic, mango/jicama salad, banana creme pie, oysters rockfeller and Patty Melts..

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  1. BBQ Tomales Bay Oysters with good sourdough bread like Tony's Seafood in Marshall, CA.

    Many years ago, Montana's (I miss it so) offered them, but they didn't sell well and were taken off the list.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      I did try this a few days ago and got a reasonable approximation:

      1. re: Fake Name

        I liked Montana's too..
        Great pics FN..I'll take a dozen of those bad boys with some freshly shaved horsey and cocktail sauce with a dash of tabasco and lemon squeeze.

        Honkman..What's offal?

        1. re: Beach Chick

          Innards...guts...the stuff Americans don't eat but most of the rest of the world does

          1. re: Fake Name

            OMG you said some of my favorite words in those 2 sentences! Tomales Bay Oysters. Marshall, CA. Montana's. (...sigh...)

            1. re: Julie S

              "OMG you said some of my favorite words in those 2 sentences!"

              It is my habit....

          2. Foie gras, sweetbreads, esgargots, offal, Langers pastrami, good cheese selection in restaurants, good hand made pasta in restaurants, creative cocktails,pork belly etc.

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            1. re: honkman

              honkman, do you like Venissimo Cheese?

              1. re: stevewag23

                yes. It is a great place to get cheese for your cheese plate at home but I would like to see restaurants use these kind of sources for their cheese plate and add their house-made condiments.Something what Bistro LQ is doing in LA (They have at leadt 25 cheeses available all the times with about 10-15 condiments)

                1. re: honkman

                  Not sure if you've been to Blind Lady Ale House lately, but their cheese/charcuterie plates are fantastic. Last one we had featured smoked lamb terrine. The condiments on the plate are really delicious - they make kind of a pickled raisin relish with mustard seed and coriander, and the last one of these also incorporated apricots. They vary in quality - some plates I've liked less than others (due to variation in items), but when they're good they're very, very good.

                  Blind Lady Ale House
                  3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

                  1. re: Josh

                    BLAH is one of our always expanding list of restaurants to try for some time - is their strength more the charcuterie or the cheese part and do they also have some more unusual cheese, e.g. epoisses

                    1. re: honkman

                      Agree with Josh here. The last couple of times I went to BLAH I ordered a cheese plate and they were excellent. As he said, they add great condiments like the raisin relish and the whole honeycombs that I really enjoy. The cheeses were varied including some exotic ones; always paired very well with the type of beer they serve. I wish I could remember the names of some of them but that's not easy after a couple of pints of 8% ABV ale. ;)

                      Keep in mind that the menu there is not extensive and more appropriate for a casual meal than a big nite out. The owners and staff there are nice people and if you mention something you like, they'll likely try to get it. Epoisses may be difficult since only the pasteurized versions are legal to import.

                      1. re: honkman

                        The charcuterie plate is my personal favorite, vs. the cheese. You could order 1 of each. If you see the crab-stuffed fried squash blossoms, those are worth trying, too.

                        I believe their chef used to work at Region, and they get their produce from Suzy's Farm. Their salads are usually pretty good, too. Pizza isn't bad, but it's no Bruno.

                        1. re: Josh

                          had a great special last night - fried green tomatoes with grilled shrimp and a corn succotash. The mussels & Knight Salumi pizza were also delish.

                          1. re: Alice Q

                            Yeah those fried green tomatoes are money. Very happy to see how that place has developed.

                            1. re: Josh

                              Had good fried green tomatoes at AR Valentien yesterday too - in a salad with pork belly :)

                              1. re: Alice Q

                                That sounds like it didn't suck.

                                1. re: Josh

                                  No way could it suck. I love what AR Valentien does with summer ingredients. I love that restaurant overall, but really frequent it in the spring/summer when they have the best ingredients to play with. It is my favorite, Saturday lunch day spot in this season!

                    2. re: honkman

                      I think I remember their person at their downtown loc was telling me they are trying to get in more restaurants. I should have got a list of where they were.

                2. Spanish food, Cuban Food, Steak Tartare, Foie Gras and Oyster Bars.

                  And more creative dishes with seafood.

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                  1. re: stevewag23

                    How do you like Costa Brava? It is pretty tasty and lots of the employees are from Barthelona.

                    Costa Brava
                    1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

                    1. re: jturtle


                      But the place really, really pales in comparison to a randomly picked, non descript restaurant in Spain.

                      I was just in Spain for a month and I didn't eat one meal worse than that spot.

                  2. Great pastries, frozen custard, kasha knish

                    1. Jewish food....bagels and deli for sure